Suzhou is known as the "Paradise on Earth". It is not only famous for typical gardens in Suzhou style, but also high quality silk product. During Tang and Song Dynasties, Suzhou has already been the centre of silk products in China. From Ming and the Qing Dynasties, most of high quality silk product for imperial families was made in Suzhou. Hence, Suzhou is always known as the "hometown of silk".
Why the Suzhou Silk Museum is special
Combining a sense of ancient civilization with modern style, the dignified and elegant venue covers an area of 9,460 square meters. Suzhou Silk Museum is built to show the profound Chinese silk culture, including Chinese silk made history, silk production process, and development of silk textile industry.
Suzhou Silk Museum highlights
In the museum, visitors can see three tall sculptures made of white marble: the first one shows a girl picking mulberry leaves (silkworm's favorite food), the second is a girl washing raw silk fabric, and the third one shows a girl weaving pongee.
In the main building of the museum, visitors will retrace the splendid silk production history of China. The Ancient Exhibit Hall exhibits a number of precious silk products in the history, showing the development of silk production technology. The Silkworm-Rearing Room and the Silk Weaving Workshop displays reproductions based on the real scenes of peasants breeding silkworms and planting white mulberry trees. Visitors will have a chance to see all kinds of weaving machines. The Neoteric Exhibit Hall and the Modern Exhibit Hall show the development of Suzhou silk industry in modern times, including the exquisite skill weaving technology, changes of silk made dresses, and international prizes for Suzhou silk.
Address: No.2001, Renmin Road, Suzhou City
Admission Fee: 10 yuan
Opening Hours: 09:00-16:30
Recommended Time for a Visit: 3 to 4 hours